DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have released the first animated short from “DC’s Super Hero Girls,” debuting the cartoon’s theme song and title sequence.
The video clip, debuting on USA Today, reveals the overarching premise of the new line — the characters are students at the costume-filled Super Hero High — while adding dozens of characters — including male heroes — to the previously announced line-up featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Katana and more.
“There are some creative changes that weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢ve done but theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢re all in spirit to who the characters really are,” DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told USA Today, explaining how characters who are traditionally villains are able to co-exist alongside the heroes of Hero High.
“When youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢re that age, whether itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢s as young as 6 or ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â€ on a more aspirational level ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â€ when youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢re moving into a high school environment, youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢re trying to figure out who you are, and thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢s what these characters are going through,” adds DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson. “ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢s fun for all of us to be involved in something thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢s going to play into the girl-power aspect of what kids and parents are looking for.”
Some bad guys are always evil, however, and for “DC’s Super Hero Girls,” Lex Luthor will present himself as a thorn in the student body’s collective side. The first graphic novel starring the characters features the classic Superman villain in the antagonist role, as the young heroes attempt to escape form his clutches in time to make it to their semester finals.
In addition to the video, fans are also getting their first look at some of the figures that will make up the brand’s toy line, including 12″ “action dolls” and 6″ action figures.
Announced earlier this year, DC Super Hero Girls will see DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. collaborate with Mattel, Random House ChildrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬â„¢s Books and LEGO. Mattel will create a toy line that will launch in 2016, featuring a line of action figures and fashion dolls featuring “strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses,” according to the announcement. Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will act as publishing partner for the franchise, releasing a series of books about the DC Super Hero Girls starting in spring 2016. LEGO will produce building sets based in the “DC Super Hero Girls” world.